Sunday, July 10, 2011

Essential Oil Creativity Challenge

Anhoki's Place and GourmetSoaps wanted to challenge everyone to be creative with color and essential oils. Our team also wanted to help the victims of the tornadoes in Joplin. We decided to combine the two, by donating all of the proceeds from our entry fees from the challenge.

But, it gets even better! Our good friends at Brambleberry are joining us! Not only is Anne-Marie donating a $50 gift certificate to the winner, but Brambleberry is also donating an additional $50 to the money we're sending to Joplin. We've always loved Brambleberry for their awesome supplies, but now we know they have a big heart as well. Thank you Anne-Marie!

The Challenge......

A) Contestants were allowed to use only the essential oils listed below. (We must use essential oils) If you already have a blend or blends with 3 or more of the essential oils listed this will be less of a challenge ...
amyris (sandalwood), anise, bay, cedar, citronella, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, fennel, ginger, grapefuit, juniper, Laurel, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, nutmeg, orange, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, rosemary, rosewood, vanilla, spearmint, verbena, vetiver, ylang

B) Contestants had to have at least 2 colors in their soap. I realize this will be a challenge for some as they only use herbs and spices for color OR none at all. This is why it is called a challenge.

The challenge for the public is...there is no smellovision. We ask that you vote on the two challenge components only. You will have the picture of the soap and a brief description of oils and color used. Vote for the one you feel best depicts the challenge requirements. To vote for your favorite just leave a comment with the number selection and your email address. When voting is over we will use random chooser to decide who will receive a winning bar. HAVE FUN.

1.Smells wonderful a blend of Lavender , Lime and Patchouli esssential oil.


3. This soap is made with Lavender, Eucalyptus and Rosemary Essential Oils

4. Essential oils lavender, lemon, lemongrass, ylang ylang, and titanium oxide, oxide, and ultramarine.

5. For the essential oils, I used Anise, Orange, Clary Sage, and Patchouli
For the colors, I made a layer of green using French Green Clay, and a layer of rose using Rose Clay.

6. I used the following essential oils to blend my Relax Scent: Lemon, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, and Rosemary. I also used 2 natural colorants, parsley powder and grapeseed powder

7. The scent is our own all-natural botanical blend of essential oils: top notes of energizing citrus, lavender and rose blend with spicy and amber accords, balanced with slight earthy notes and just a hint of mint.

8. Orange Marmalade (front)....Essential oils of Sweet Orange, Pink Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime. Sweet, tangy and a little tart.
Spring Gardens (back)....Citrus, Lavender, and Rosemary give it the warm earthiness that I experienced in the Memphis Botanical Garden.